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COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment

Providing support to Victorian workers who are waiting for PCR test results

The Test Isolation Payment program is closed

Applications for Test Isolation Payments are now closed.

The Test Isolation Payment was introduced to support workers to stay home from work and quarantine while waiting for the results of a PCR test. Victorians can now receive test results within minutes, with rapid antigen tests as the recommended method of testing.

Rapid antigen tests are available across Victoria and the Victorian Government has provided significant resources to critical public sector workers such as healthcare and disability.

Financial and other supports are available to Victorians who are financially impacted by COVID-19.

Five days a year of sick and carer's pay at the national minimum wage is available for casual and contract workers in certain occupationsExternal Link

Guidelines

Your questions answered

Eligibility for the COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment

The Test Isolation Payment is closed.

To have been eligible for the COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment, at the time you applied you must:

  • be 17 years and over; and
  • have taken a polymerase chain reaction PCR test for COVID-19, or be the guardian or carer of someone who has taken a PCR test, within the last two weeks and no later than Tuesday 1 March 20221; and
  • live in Victoria; and
  • be likely to have undertaken paid work (workers include those that are permanent, casual, part-time, fixed term, and self-employed) during the self-isolation period and unable to work due to:
    • a requirement to self-isolate after the test; or
    • a requirement to care for someone who must self-isolate after a test; and
  • not receive any income or earnings during the self-isolation period; and
  • have exhausted or not have entitlement or access to sick leave or carers leave (including any special pandemic leave) during the self-isolation period; and
  • not be receiving Australian Government income support such as the JobSeeker payment, during the self-isolation period; and
  • not receive another worker support payment, including the Pandemic Leave Disaster PaymentExternal Link , for the same self-isolation period. For example, you cannot receive a Test Isolation Payment for a test you took while completing quarantine, if you are already receiving the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for that period.

1 The eligibility requirement that an application must be submitted within the two weeks following a COVID-19 test may be waived at the discretion of the Department, based on consideration of extenuating circumstances - for example, if you were unwell or unable to access a computer. For further assistance please call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Why has the Test Isolation Payment program closed?

The Test Isolation Payment was introduced to support workers to stay home from work and quarantine while waiting for the results of a PCR test. Now, we can receive test results within minutes, with Rapid antigen tests the recommended method of testing.

Financial and other supports are available to Victorians who are financially impacted by COVID-19.
Visit Isolation support and emergency relief.

What other financial supports are available?

There are several other support programs available, including the Victorian Sick Pay GuaranteeExternal Link which provides casual and contract workers in certain jobs with up to 38 hours a year of sick and carer’s pay. Check your eligibility and apply now at vic.gov.au/sickpayguaranteeExternal Link

You can find information about supports available to Victorians who are financially impacted by COVID-19.

Visit Financial and other support for COVID-19.

Where can I get a rapid antigen test?

You can purchase a rapid antigen test kit from supermarkets, pharmacies or online from selected suppliers.

Eligible Commonwealth concession card holders can access free rapid antigen tests through the concessional access programExternal Link

For more information on rapid antigen tests, visit Rapid antigen tests.

Can I appeal my unsuccessful outcome?

If you want more information about why your application was unsuccessful, please call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. If after speaking to us, you believe that you meet the eligibilty criteria, you can request a review of your application outcome.

Can I return my Test Isolation Payment?

Yes, if you would like to return your payment to the Department, you can do so by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. Alternatively, you can email COVID19programs@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Please ensure that you:

  • clearly state that you want to return your payment; and
  • provide your GA number (this can be found at the top of your application form or in the confirmation email you received after submitting your application).

Note: The Department is unable to provide advice on your eligibility for Commonwealth Government COVID-19 support payments, such as the Pandemic Leave Disaster PaymentExternal Link

Please contact Services AustraliaExternal Link or seek independent advice.

Reviewed 30 September 2022

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Coronavirus Hotline

Call the Coronavirus Hotline if you need help to report a rapid antigen test (RAT) or if you have any questions about COVID-19.

The Victorian Coronavirus Hotline diverts to the National Coronavirus Helpline every night between 4pm and 9am.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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